Poland v England: Rooney will have to wait for the captaincy – Gerrard

Poland v England: Steven Gerrard warns Wayne Rooney that he will have to wait to become the Three Lions' permanent captain

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Steven Gerrard was suspended for England's win against San Marino Photo: Football.ua, via Wikimedia

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Steven Gerrard has warned Wayne Rooney that he will have to wait to become England’s full-time captain, with the veteran Liverpool midfielder insisting he feels in great shape.

The 32-year-old will make his 99th England appearance when he leads the Three Lions out against Poland in their World Cup qualifier in Warsaw on Tuesday night.

Manchester United striker Rooney was handed the captaincy on a temporary basis for the 5-1 win against San Marino but Gerrard, who was suspended for Friday’s win, has no plans to relinquish the armband in the near future.

“I’m coming up to my 99th cap but I’m loving it as much as if it was my first,” said Gerrard.

“I’ve been around the set-up an awful long time. But I don’t feel old, I’m not getting bored with it.

“I still feel fresh, looking forward to tomorrow’s game as much as my debut.

“Every time you put the England shirt on it is a proud moment and to get 99 is a fantastic achievement for myself.

“But it will only be a good memory for me if we get the three points tomorrow night.”

He added: “Wayne did a good job, we got three points, he played well himself, he scored twice, he behaved himself, it was all good.

“But I’m hoping he will have to wait a while [to become full-time captain]. I’m really enjoying the role.

“I had to wait a long time for it to come to me. I want to enjoy it before I pass it over.”

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